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Please sign your comments on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username (if you're logged in) and the date. Please also read the Wikispecies policy What Wikispecies is not. If you need help, ask me on my talk page, or in the Village Pump. Again, welcome! Dan Koehl (talk) 09:24, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Wrong picturesEdit

Is this one of the pictures you are refering to? Dan Koehl (talk) 13:02, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes! As you can see this bird has a complete black head, while the Vitelline masked weaver only has a mask. Greeting, Henrik, --Hwdenie (talk) 13:15, 31 December 2014 (UTC) See also User talk Archive: Vitelline masked weaver.

Swedish vernacular namesEdit

Hello. Please note that Swedish vernacular names should never be capitalized. For instance the correct Swedish vernacular name for Phoenicoparrus andinus is "andinsk flamingo", not "Andinsk flamingo" or "Andinsk Flamingo". In other words the praxis is the opposite of English vernacular names, which should always be capitalized; i.e. "Andean Flamingo". Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 10:34, 6 June 2017 (UTC).

Dear Tommy, in The Netherlands this is also the official rule (spellingregels Nederlandse Taalunie - an official Dutch/Flemish board): no capitals. But the funny situation is that most authors writing in journals about living organisms prefer using capitals. Further-on you can argue that after a : you start a new sentence that begins with a capital. So I prefer a capital for the Dutch vernacular name, but will change the Swedish names. Friendly greeting, Henrik de Nie. --Hwdenie (talk) 10:53, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Grammatical numberEdit

Hello agan. Please note that the headings for the "Reference" and "Synonym" sections should always be in the plural form, as noted in Help:Reference section#Reference Subsections. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 09:17, 12 June 2017 (UTC).

Author templatesEdit

Hi, and thank you for your welcome contributions. However, please read up on the differences between the {{aut}} and {{a}} templates, and when to use which. Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 13:18, 24 June 2017 (UTC).

Vernacular name on a genusEdit

Hi friend. I saw you added VN at Microligea, since this is a monotypic genus, it is almost the same that adding to Microligea palustris. I personally think that VN should be at the species level; for genus, only when it does exist one generic, like thrushes or antpittas, for example. Regards.--Hector Bottai (talk) 22:22, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

You are right! I did not realize I was changing the text in the genus. My excuses. I added the VN on the right place. --Hwdenie (talk) 05:09, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Additionally there is no IUCN status at the genus level. ;-) No need for excuses!--Hector Bottai (talk) 15:44, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Fixed. Thanks for your message, --Hwdenie (talk) 16:01, 1 May 2018 (UTC)


Hi friend, your suggestion is an order! ;-) see Template:Hilty et al., 2013 --Hector Bottai (talk) 01:18, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

Caracara plancusEdit

Hello friend, I confess I have had some "problems" with Wikidata and I do not understand very well how it functions. Sometimes I did some merging of taxa which on my view are just different combinations of the same taxon, result from different taxonomic approaches. I was accused from a user to do bad editions not following the "one taxa, one entry" policy, which again, on my view, conducts to wrong or disperse wikilinks. So I decided to limit myself to the basics there. I suggest to leave the article without any link, somebody later will take care of it. Sorry not to help. Cheers.--Hector Bottai (talk) 12:10, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

One more thing, ssp have no IUCN status assessment.--Hector Bottai (talk) 12:12, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Automatic import of images and mapsEdit

Hello friend, I noticed that, different than other wikis, SV for example, the Dutch wiki does not import image and map into the taxon box. It has to be done manually. For distribution maps, for example, user Cephas has done thousands of maps for neotropical birds loaded into wikidata and most do not show at NL. I guess is a matter of configuration of the template. Should you have some contact with ability to change, it would be very useful. Cheers.--Hector Bottai (talk) 15:14, 9 October 2021 (UTC)